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The biggest Christmas parade and celebration is the “La Cavalcada dels Reis d’Orient” (Catalan for the “Three Kings Parade” in English, or “Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos” in Spanish) or also known as the “Twelfth Night procession”. The Three Kings of the Orient are also known as the Three Wise Men and their names are Balthasar, Gaspar, and Melchior.

It is celebrated every January 5 (the day preceding the feast of Epiphany) in the evening. When the night comes the children must go to bed early after cleaning their shoes and the following morning they have the gifts of the Three Kings that they have requested before in a letter. According to this tradition, the children who have behaved badly during the last year receive coal rather than candy, though (as in the case of Santa Claus) this is not a frequent occurrence. They might get coal candy, though.

WHEN?: eve of January 5th

More information:
The route of the parade (2013)

The audio is in Catalan yet the video will give you an idea on what to expect when visiting the event.

Apologies for the low quality of the video presented but we thought it was interesting nonetheless to illustrate this event.

Video: © superadventurousman

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